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Authors Jenni Fagan and Elizabeth Reeder join Clare to discuss their impressive debut novels and talk about making the transition from having the initial idea for a book, to having the discipline to write it, and, finally, having the luck and skill to get published.

We explore a gem of a Beatrix Potter collection at the AK Bell Library in Perth.

And it's a common dream for many of us to own a little bookshop one day but Steve Rapaport found that, far from being a case of discussing his favourite classics, dusting shelves and making the odd sale, his new venture requires him to draw on his various previous careers as a salesman, a student of computer science and a stage actor. He's joined by fellow independent bookshop owner Barry Young to discuss the dream and the reality.

Producer: Serena Field.

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45 minutes

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Sun 6 May 2012 15:00
BBC Radio Scotland except MW